The retro beauty series is a mixed media [photography + neon sign] soul art collection by Liana Carbone. The series of six portraits of women captured in the mirror is about self reflection and each respective neon activates the intention of the piece, inviting viewers to engage in the reflection. The photos feature iconic vintage makeup looks co-imagined and created by makeup artist Charlotte Marie Flannery. Each photo in the series is mechanically crafted in camera with the use of mirrors and crystals. Carbone’s ongoing work with crystals strives to capture the unseen, revealing the artist’s imagination of the energetic essence of life invisible to the naked eye. The vintage aesthetic of this body of work is inspired by Old Hollywood icons and pop culture and alludes to the timeless journey with the self.
The intention of this collection of soul art is to raise the vibration of the spaces where the pieces will live, activating and inspiring reflection and connection within the viewer. Each piece is a visual meditation floating 2 inches off the wall with a clear plexiglass face-mount for a modern and reflective finish. The pieces are presented with a neon power word intuitively chosen by Carbone to activate the intention of each piece. In an interior setting the neon washes the wall with a gentle glow adding presence through ambiance lighting in the room. The art sets the tone for soft retrospection through its muses and connection to the light within its admirers. The themes of self-reflection and divine connection are inspired by Carbone’s ongoing journey of awakening to her soul mission to raise collective consciousness through her art.
The women featured in the series were each asked to actively participate in this body of work by looking within and picking an emotion to work with. The makeup colours were intuitively matched to capture the essence of each theme. The series features the full light spectrum of colour with its muses emerging from the depths of their shadows to stand in the radiance of their light.
Photo with acrylic facemount and sintra backing. 2018-19
Limited edition. 45” inches x 36” inches acrylic facemount + neon word, signed by the artist.
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